Monday, 9 December 2013

When Fashion Dreams Come True


Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am always lusting after designer clothes, but the main thing that has always been top of my wishlist, is a Pair of Red-soled beauties.

So imagine my happiness, when my sister, who will be winning all the sister of the year awards, tells me she has granted my fashion wishes and bought me a pair of Louboutins. I don't think she could be a better sister really!

I'm totally in love with them, even though I haven't physically seen them yet, as they're in London with my sister, but I cannot wait to get my hands on them and style them up! Expect a few cheeky outfit posts featuring them over the Christmas period.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Jewellery is one of my essential fashion buys. I think jewellery can make or break an outfit, and it means that an outfit you have worn before can sometimes look completely different, and I never go out on a night out without some jewellery on.
having said all this, I do have a few things I tend to stick to when buying jewellery, apart from the odd statement necklace, I tend to choose quite minimalist pieces, as plain and simple is definitely one of my main fashion rules. 

My newest favourite jewellery brand is as they have perfectly captured the sort of jewellery I love to spend my hard earned wages on, and with Christmas coming up, it is likely that I will be turning to them for some gift inspiration. 

I have some jewellery which is totally reserved for 'Special Occasions' and then my everyday jewellery, but I'm always on the lookout for jewellery which can multitask and do two things at once. Keeping all that in mind, most of the jewellery on Nowseen has made it onto my ever growing wishlist. These Stacking rings are right at the top of that list! 

Check out some of the other pieces available and a few of the campaign images.

As part of their launch they are also offering you the chance to win £200 worth of jewellery, just in time for christmas party season! just click here and go to their facebook page to find out how.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Summed up

Top- Primark// Skirt- H&M// Necklace- Accessorize//Boots- H&M

Today I had uni all day and I pretty much feel like I live there at the moment. But in between lessons I was helping Melody film a video for Fashion North, the new website we're part of for uni, and so I took the opportunity to get Nancy to take a few cheeky pics as I hadn't done an outfit post in a really long time.

I slept in this morning and so very little thought was put into this outfit, other than, "is this clean? does this match? Good enough!" but I managed to get a few compliments on it so it seemed to work out okay. Most of this is super old and super cheap, (perfect for a uni budget really) The top is on its last legs at this point and that makes me really sad because it matches so many things so I need to replace it asap really.

I even included a shot of me laughing, because I always think I look like a moody cow on my outfit snaps! The rest of this week is going to be spent doing yet more uni work and partying on behalf of halloween, which will be a nice break from the books! 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013



Hi guys,
I know its been a while since I've blogged, and I am really sorry, but I have two words that act as an excuse: FINAL YEAR.
I'd heard all the horror stories, listened to all the ranting, and thought "That won't be me. I won't let myself get that stressed" well, here we are, 5 weeks into term, and I am well and truly stressed. (Also, sidenote, I would totally love you all forever and ever if you would fill in my survey for dissertation here. thankssss!)

The last time I blogged I had just spent a brill week in London on placement at Fabulous mag, and spending much needed catch up time with my big sis, and since then a few things have happened.

Firstly, A new haircut
Me and my gorge flatmate

Anyone who follows me on pinterest (if you don't, why not? find me here.) will probably have guessed that I was contemplating a full fringe for a while, as my entire hair inspiration board was filling up with pictures of gorgeous fringes. Once I got back from my girly holiday in Magaluf, I fancied a change and bit the bullet. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, but it has taken me about a month to love it, as I was totally unsure at first!

Secondly, A new Job title.
My uni have are launching a new Fashion Website called Fashion North, and I have been named News Editor! I'm super excited to be part of the new site, and totally thankful to have yet another amazing opportunity to put on my slowly expanding CV. I hope to post loads about it closer to the launch, and will definitely try to post about the launch party, but for now follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

But that's pretty much it, apart from a trip home planned and a halloween night out, my next few weeks consists entirely of uni work and shifts in Sports Direct.
Who said Fashion Degrees were glamourous?

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Fabulous magazine: work experience!

So last weekend I packed my case and got on a train to London to do a weeks work experience at Fabulous magazine! 

This wasn't my first placement, so I wasn't nervous, just very excited to get started. So after a bit of a mishap with google maps I got horrendously lost on Monday morning, but still managed to make it to the office on time. Phew! 

I spent the week working alongside features, and the web team as well, where I wrote up some things for the site, and did some transcribing of interviews. I also I'd some building of the website, which was interesting to learn as a process.

Now onto the most important part, what did I wear? 

On Monday I chose my floral print trousers from oasis, teamed with my Topshop jumper and my favourite Miss Selfridge pumps. I also used my Primark clutch to dress it up a bit (and got compliments on it from some of the girls in the office, who all thought it was Zara!)

On day 2 I went for my zara spotty shirt, and my h&m leather skirt. My trusty topshop chain and oasis slippers completed the outfit. 

Wednesday it was time for my Awear Aztec print dress, and my new favourite necklace from Accessorize. 

On Thursday I had to dress it up slightly because after work my sister, her boyfriend and I headed straight to Leicester square to see Charlie and the Chocolate factory the musical. (Which was fantastic! Everyone should go see it.) I saw it as a perfect day to debut my new topshop tulle skirt dress. I feel like such a princess in this dress (although I'm not going to lie it was pretty cold!) 

For my last day (sob sob!) I chose my oasis embellished too, with my h&m trousers and my black slipper flats, also from oasis. When I was leaving the office the girls presented me with a beauty bag full of amazing freebies as a thank-you present. it contained some amazing things, so expect some reviews coming up soon!

I had such an amazing week and My sister and I polished off our fab week with some cute afternoon tea in House of Fraser's tea terrace. So now I'm back at uni about to start my third and final year, scary scary times. Hopefully this year brings as many opportunities as the last. 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

My makeup removal routine

With most things I don't really have a routine or things that I feel I have to do, but when it comes to taking my makeup off I'm pretty fanatic about it, and have to do it before I go to bed, (unless I'm a little bit drunk, because lets face it, I'm hardly perfect!)

I do have very dry skin though so I do need to be very careful about what products I actually use, as some have caused me to break out more than wearing makeup has. So I've had a few years of trial and error, but I seem to have found a few products and a routine that works really well for me.

I absolutely hate using makeup wipes to remove my makeup, especially since they dry out normal skin and mine is already dry, but I also feel they don't do a very good job of removing everything from my face.
Over the years I have sampled many cleansers, and the one I am currently using is one of my favourites. NO7 Cream Cleanser removes everything, while leaving my skin feeling moisturised and fresh. It easily removes eye makeup and dark lipstick too so that is definitely a bonus for a red lippy lover like me.

After cleansing, I use Nspa toning spray to freshen up my face and soothe any irritated skin. If my skin is especially dry I follow this with a small bit of facial oil, (it also helps me feel as if my skin has been spa treated, and not just done at home!) And then last but not least I follow this with a moisturiser. At the moment I am using my Nivea Q10+ day cream, (but am searching for recommendations of good night creams if anyone has one) which is especially good for daytime as it has SPF15 built in, and when you are fair skinned like me, every bit of SPF helps!

If I am having a pretty bad breakout I sometimes use a hot cloth to cleanse as this really helps clear my skin up, and of course a good face scrub is a total necessity. I really recommend this Simple scrub, as it thoroughly scrubs without being irritating.
I really recommend these products for dry skin as I have had a long hard search for good products which don't irritate my skin.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Changes in life, changes in style.

For those of you who may not know, I am about a month away from starting my final year of university (Too scary, have a mild panic everytime I think about it!) and so far my university experience has been AMAZING. I really feel like uni has changed my life in so many ways, and the major change I've noticed has been in my own self-confidence.

Three years ago I moved from a small Northern Irish town, to a slightly bigger English city. I left behind my friends, my family and everything that was familiar, to be a small fish in a much bigger pond than I was used to. I remember being nervous about moving, but also really excited. Without dwelling on it too much, I didn't have too fab a time at school, and was really excited to be somewhere that I could have a new start. Going over (with a shocking amount of stuff) I had been chatting to a few people on my course on Facebook, but had absolutely no idea what to expect from them in real life. 

Long story short, some of those people are now my best friends, (Miss you all, as at this point I haven't seen you all since May!) and I feel like a completely different person than that nervous fresher who got off the boat three years ago. I can see these changes in so many ways, but the biggest has to be in my wardrobe and pictures of me. Fresher me didn't know the benefits of a good eyebrow threading and tinting, and even though I study Fashion, I look back and cringe at what I was wearing. But now I am so much more adventurous with clothes and makeup, as well as being so much more comfortable with myself. 

Being really self-conscious meant that a lot of my now everyday wardrobe staples, would have totally terrified me. Leather trousers would've made me run a mile, but now they're the favourite piece I own. Even with regards to my blog, I used to be scared to post the link anywhere and kept it to myself for a while, but know I tell any social media platform that'll listen, and I would never have dreamed of taking pictures of myself and posting them online for fear of people calling me vain. Now, I don't care. Before uni I used to worry about what people thought far too much. I hated my legs so I never went on nights out without tights on, now I wear whatever I want as long as I like it.
Before discovering what an eyebrow pencil was, and well before I realised that a side fringe was SO not a good look for me. But good to see I still have one standard pose. Hands on hips everyone!

Basically the whole point of this post is just to tell anyone debating about their future or whether they should take a massive step in life, to just do it! If it doesn't work out, that's fine, at least you tried, and you never know what amazing things will happen to you along the way.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world"

Nude Brogues: Clarks// Black Pumps: Oasis// Navy T-bar: Primark// Studded Sandals: ALDO//Pointed Pumps: Miss Selfridge

How many pairs of shoes are too many? I have gone a little bit shoe crazy lately, and they are literally all I have been buying! To me, shoes totally make or break an outfit. What's the point in forking out on the most beautiful outfit ever and wearing the ugliest shoes with it.

I feel like Carrie Bradshaw's Irish soul mate. I'd rather spend my money on Manolo's than rent, and I'd rather starve than pass up some cute heels in Topshop. So here are the many pairs I've bought in the last two weeks (And these are only the ones I've not returned... oops.)

My new nude brogues are a replacement for my much loved, but very battered, grey brogues. These are comfy, gorgeous, and match EVERYTHING, But my favourites are definitely my new pointed toe pumps from Miss Selfridge. They make every outfit look a little chicer, and I feel very classy and sophisticated while wearing them. 

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Summer Daze

 Dress: River Island//Sunglasses: H&M//Hat: Miss Selfridge//Shoes: ALDO//Necklace: Accessorize

How amazing is this weather? 30 degrees? YES PLEASE! This week, Ireland has been hotter than everywhere from LA to Lanzarote. Amazing. This, combined with payday, meant I had to go shopping. Obliviously, any excuse for new clothes.

This Gorgeous cream dress is a River Island sale bargain, this combined with my salt sprayed hair, makes me feel very Boho and cool. The hat is the result of a long laborious search for the perfect floppy hat that actually fits my oddly shaped head, and Miss Selfridge came out on top. I feel very Made in Chelsea!

If any of you saw my facebook post yesterday, these are the shoes from inside the ALDO box. Snakeskin, studs and sandals couldn't really be more perfect for the summer. Hopefully the beautiful weather continues and I get lots of use for them.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Saturday Style Inspiration: Ashley Madekwe

Ashley Madekwe Style

Ashley Madekwe Style

Ashley Madekwe Style

Ashley Madekwe Style

Those of you who are fans of TV show, 'Revenge' will recognise this face, probably instantly. Ashley plays Ashley Davenport on the hit show, and is always impeccably dressed on screen. This is also true of her real life looks, as she writes her own fashion blog 'Ring My Bell'. I have not seen her wear something I hate yet, and that really does say something about her style!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

My Fave Five!

Top Five beauty products benefit soap and glory vera wang percy and reed topshop

Top Five beauty products benefit soap and glory vera wang percy and reed topshop
Soap and Glory 'Scrub of your life'// Percy and Reed Finishing Polish// Vera Wang 'Princess'// Benefit 'Big Beautiful Eyes' Palette// Topshop Cream Highlighters

I love beauty Products, but I don't often do beauty posts, so I decided to do a post on My five favourite beauty products at the moment.

1. Soap & Glory 'Scrub of Your Life' Body Scrub
I have a literal addiction to Soap & Glory scrubs, as I feel they are the best ones on very dry skin. I do suffer from extremely dry skin, and this one makes my skin amazingly soft and smooth. It comes with the signature Soap & Glory scent as well, which is definitely a bonus.

2. Percy & Reed 'Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish'
I got this free with Glamour Magazine a few months ago, relegated it to the bottom of my beauty box, and totally forgot about it until I moved back home. I am now totally and officially in love with it. Is it possible to marry a hair product? because I need this to be in my life forever! (and I'll have the hottest wedding hair ever!) It is perfect for helping to control those annoying stray hairs, without making my hair look too neat, as I prefer to wear it slightly messy.

3. Vera Wang 'Princess'
This perfume is so summery and floral, that I have been wearing it constantly in the recent bout of sunshine. I bought it in the airport as a little present for finishing 2nd year of uni, and because Princess is my and my friends pet name for each other, and I won't see her for three months, so it cheers me up seeing it everyday. It is also a cute addition to my perfume shelf as the bottle is gorgeous.

4. Benefit 'Big Beautiful Eyes' Palette
This eye palette is in my everyday makeup routine, and definitely one of my makeup staples. it contains three eyeshadows, a base shadow, a shadow for contouring, and a liner shadow, in different shades of brown and nude, in order to highlight your eyes. It also comes with Benefits 'Boi-ing' Concealer, which I will be purchasing as a full product once I finish this, as I have yet to find another concealer which covers my under eye bags as well as it does.

5. Topshop Cream Highlighters
I never used highlighters, and didn't really know much about how to use them or what they did, as I never noticed much difference with or without them, but this is a product I got given on my last day at Company Magazine, and since then I have used these most days, and I can see the difference they make to the outlines of my face. I wish the packaging was as cute as other Topshop makeup, but at least these are a quality product, and not just based around the packaging.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Saturday Style Inspiration: Emma Stone

I am in LOVE with this girl. like, genuinely girl-crushing. She can be dressed up, or down, on the red carpet or just grabbing coffee, and she always looks flawless. Her skin is totally enviable, and I definitely need to know her skincare secret.

Looking for pictures, I realised that she has changed her hair colour and style so many times, but I didn't find one I didn't like or that didn't suit her. For a hair coward like me, this is brave! The most adventurous thing I've ever done was grow out my fringe and get a dip-dye, so I don't really think adventurous is even the right word to use.

She also just seems like such a genuinely nice girl. Emma, can we be best friends please? I'll have my people call your people.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Saturday Style inspiration: Blake Lively

Todays Stylish Celeb is Blake Lively. I have loved her since I got hooked on Gossip Girl (About a month before my A levels. Watched 2 series' in about 3 weeks. I will forever blame it for my results!) She has amazing hair, and her style is just so spot on every time! 
Sorry its a short one today. Between Uni work, and actually going to work, I am totally swamped. Just to prepare you all there probably won't be one next week or the week after (Don't be too gutted!) as I have so much to do, but after that, I will be off for 4 whole months. Yay!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

ETC mag Blogger of the month

So this month I was asked to be Blogger of the month for ETC magazine's Blog On Trend Feature. For those of you not from the North East, ETC is a free monthly magazine for the North East of England, and is filled with great little articles about local shopping and food, as well as some really good features. If you see it about I really recommend picking up a copy.

I still get way too excited when I see my name in print. I wonder when this will start to fade?

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Saturday Style Inspiration: Kate Hudson

This weeks Saturday style inspiration is the beautiful Kate Hudson, who I never used to think of when asked for style inspirations, but after seeing her in this dress at the Tiffany Gala last week, I googled her and discovered that she has some amazing style!

Of course, as well as this, Kate has also been Elle's cover star for their May issue, and she looks stunning for that. The interview with her inside is hilariously funny as well. She always seems to be well dressed, and it appears that she has a wardrobe bursting with beautiful things, but then that probably happens when your BFF is the one and only Stella McCartney. With Goldie Hawn for a mother and Matt Bellamy as a FiancĂ©, it seems she always has a stylish person at her side too.